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Grab your little ghosts and goblins, because Zoo Boo presented by LyondellBasell at the Houston Zoo is back! This popular family-friendly weekend event starts this Friday, October 11, and runs until Sunday, October 27. Cooler weather means it’s time for Houstonians to start spending time outdoors, and Zoo Boo is a perfect way to spend a fall weekend in our city.

Who says Halloween enjoyment must be confined to Oct. 31? Tons of people love to celebrate Halloween for the whole month of October, and the Houston Zoo does too! So for the next three weekends, the Houston Zoo will be home to fun and spooky sights as guests visit their favorite animal friends and partake in Halloween fun.
There is no shortage of great photo ops during Zoo Boo. A must-stop for pictures is the Whataburger Pumpkin Patch! Kids are encouraged to come in costume, which also gives parents the opportunity to get more mileage out of those cute outfits. Adults can come dressed up as well, but their faces must be visible at all times (no heavy makeup or masks allowed).
Zoo Boo is part of your regular zoo admission, which means it’s free for members. In addition to the pumpkin patch, activities include a Monster Mural for kids to showcase their artistic talent, a spooky stamp station, and special Meet the Keeper talks. There’s also live ice-carving demonstrations on Saturdays and a living pumpkin area where you can say “hi” to a pumpkin family and they’ll say “hi” back! Check out the full schedule of events and a helpful map here.

Event Details

Zoo Boo is taking place the next three weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday):

  • October 11, 12 and 13
  • October 18, 19 and 20
  • October 25, 26 and 27

On Fridays, Zoo Boo activities will take place between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sundays have extended Zoo Boo hours, with activities and events scheduled between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Also – as a way to say thank you, Zoo members can take advantage of early access to Zoo Boo on Saturday, October 19, with early entrance starting at 8 a.m. Please note that the Medical Center entrance to the zoo is only open on Saturdays and Sundays.

You won’t want to miss out on all this fun at an already incredibly exciting Houston staple. So mark your calendar, pick out your costume, and get ready for a ghoulishly good time at the Houston Zoo!

Want to save on your tip to the zoo? Make sure you check out our guide on Houston Zoo coupons and discount ticket options.

For more information on Zoo Boo, visit the event’s official website. You can also call the Zoo directly at 713-533-6500.